Social protection of the informal sector in Southeast Asia

This paper tackles the issue of social protection in the informal sector in four countries, namely: Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines. It cites the initiatives of governments, civil society, and religious organizations. The author claims that despite the recognition of the informal secto...

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Published in:Philippine Journal of Labor and Industrial Relations Vol. XXV, no. Nos. 1&2 (2005), 140-164
Main Author: Yuzon, Isagani Antonio F.
Resource Type: Article
Language:English
Published: 2005
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Summary:This paper tackles the issue of social protection in the informal sector in four countries, namely: Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines. It cites the initiatives of governments, civil society, and religious organizations. The author claims that despite the recognition of the informal sector's role in a nation's economy, there is still no official definition of the informal sector. Thus, government laws and programs are focused primarily on the formal sector, and there are some ambivalence on what to do with the informal sector--i.e., whether to integrate it to the formal sector or to treat it as a separate entity. Yuson opines that non-government entities are more involved than government in servicing the informal sector, while the business sector also helps through their community-based programs.